Barefoot Cinema has partnered with OneWave for screenings of Andy Irons: Kissed By God and Breath.
Set in Victoria’s most spectacular locations, Barefoot Cinema (BC) is revered for its proximity to sun, surf and sand.
OneWave – a non-profit surf community helping those suffering from Mental Health issues and the stigmas that surround them.
The synergy comes as BC screens the epic documentary Andy Irons: Kissed By God at Ripponlea Estate on the 14 February and Breath on the January 16 at Mount Martha.
Both films embrace the ideology of the surfing lifestyle, Breath, based on Tim Winton’s novel dubbed a “surfer film with soul and gravitas” by the Guardian, and Kissed By God a mesmerising and untold story of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons and his challenge with bipolar disease and opioid addiction.
The latter struggle Grant Trebilco – Founder of OneWave understands first hand, having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder just five years ago.
“When I was diagnosed, it was surfing with my family and my mates back home at The Mount that helped me the most. Sometimes, one wave really is all it takes. I want anyone experiencing mental health issues to have the opportunity to experience how good it feels to get in the ocean and catch a wave,” Trebilco said.
Barefoot Cinema Founder Julian Grant said the alignment was an obvious choice.
“Whenever we can, we try to help community groups garner exposure through our events. Growing up on the peninsula I know the benefits of the coastal lifestyle first hand, and I have seen the tremendous work that Grant and his team have achieved.
“Like us, they are also new on the scene. In just five years they have managed global reach with their amazing Fluro Friday initiatives now held at more than 150 beaches globally, as far and wide as California, Hawaii, Mexico, the UK, New Zealand, Bali, India, Samoa and Fiji.”
The partnership sees the two community-focused events join forces – it is hoped that cinema goers will understand the importance of connection, the critical focus of OneWave in its mission to open the conversation about mental health and encourage those who suffer to speak about it freely with others who share a passion.
The combination of salt-water therapy and the camaraderie with the surfing community is really special and fused with a screening under the stars, the sound of the ocean, good friends and a world-class documentary can offer the perfect prescription.
Sometimes OneWave is all it takes to free the funk.
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